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Pitched against more expensive, Japanese soft-roadie-rivals like the Honda CR-V, Nissan Qashqai, Toyota RAV4 and the likes, it also weighs in against the dollar at $79,888. But now, what’s it like with Hyundai’s new Tuscon looming ominously in the horizon?

19 Dec 2009

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We’ll get right to it. Honda CR-V - $108,500. Toyota RAV4 - $100,000. Nissan Qashqai - $88,500. And then to its fellow countrymen – the Hyundai Tucson with sunroof - $80,999, and last of all, the Kia Sportage which retails for $70,999.

So as you can see, the Ssangyong Actyon, sits somewhere in the middle of these expansive offerings.

But what has it been like for this other manufacturer of heavy industrial equipment who has been churning out hardy, dependable cars for the past decade or two?

We’ll start with the car itself. It might not be the cheapest around, but the Actyon is touted to be more of an off-road warrior than any of these suburban machines.

For starters, while everything else fighting comes with the traditional monocoque body, the Actyon runs a truck-like ladder frame chassis, pretty much like the Isuzu Trooper and Toyota Hilux.

Its hard-core variant, the Actyon Sport, also comes stock with full-on lockable four-wheel-drive mechanicals along with low-range selectivity for a weekend of rock-crawling up 30-degree inclines.

Using this locking centre differential, this system can only be used for off-roading, and SsangYong even forbids running the 4WD on road, citing component damage as a result.

So while parties who fancy their daily forays deep into the tropical rainforest will appreciate the Actyon Sport’s limited-slip rear differential, those who choose the Actyon (without the “Sport”) will have to make do by not running in 4WD mode, permanently. Sadly, the Actyon is rear-wheel drive.

At a slightly shorter 4455mm, it has brief front and rear overhangs, and over 200 mm of ground clearance – all very favourable towards the car’s abovementioned leaning.

It can tow anything with brakes, weighing up to 2,300 kg, and the only seemingly singular drawback would have to be its space-saving spare tyre sitting under the cargo hold, sacrificing a whole lot of boot space and rescue-me-home abilities when venturing away from common ground.

But never mind that. You’re not going off-road with RWD. Period.
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Car Information

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors


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Engine Type


4-cylinders in-line

Engine Cap





112kW (150 bhp)



214 Nm



4-speed (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)



Top Speed



Fuel consumption


8.06 km/L

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